Stimulated by touch, new smells, later by sound
Gently held on back, praised and caressed to
learn trust, (not as a "dominance test")
Learns to be alone gradually before leaving
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|Learning trust /human leadership
Carried, held, bathed, ears, mouth, feet, handled,
nails cut, learning trust when being restrained.
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With so many widely advertised dog food brands as well as numerous less well known ones, the choices can
be overwhelming. If you aren't confused yet, there are dog diets ranging from commercially made, to feeding
entirely raw meat and bones (B.A.R.F. diet) and everything in between. Devoted fans defend the values of
each, sometimes even to the point of zealotry. There are convincing arguments to support many homemade
and raw diets. Dogs are cited as primarily carnivores, needing mostly meat and real food. Instead, kibble
usually consists of highly processed grains and fillers with just a small percentage of meat. But there are
detractors of raw and homemade diets too. It's not a simple choice. From a practical standpoint it doesn't fit
with certain lifestyles. Concerned veterinarians see the consequences of alternative diets gone wrong so can
be opposed to them due to perceived risks. Ultimately this must be a personal decision, but most importantly
should be an informed one. If kibble looks simple and convenient, then be sure to know the basics of reading
ingredient and analysis labels and what to look for and what to avoid. Do not buy food, treats or chewies made
in China as there have been lethal contamination found in some of their products.
Our understanding of how profoundly gut bacteria influence health is relatively new. In the past, live cultures
were primarily used after a course of antibiotics and doctors usually recommended yogurt. Mostly just "health
nuts" considered probiotics part of a daily regimen. Now even veterinarians are beginning to suggest daily
Probiotics for their clients' pets. Science is starting to identify certain strains as beneficial for particular areas
of health which is explained in the second link below.
Basics of Top 5 Probiotics and their uses